Program #581

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ART BRUT . . . . . Just Desserts . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
BOW WOW WOW . . . . . I Want Candy . . . . . . . . . . I Want Candy: The Best of Bow Wow Wow
MILLIE SMALL . . . . . My Boy Lollipop . . . . . Island Story 1962-1987
BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS . . . . . Kinky Reggae . . . . . Catch a Fire
JIMMY GILMER AND THE FIREBALLS . . . . . Sugar Shack . . . . . Sugar Shack: The Best of Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
ROY ORBISON . . . . . Candy Man . . . . . For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits
ANDRE ETHIER . . . . . Honey Bee . . . . . Secondathallam
HERB ALPERT AND THE TIJUANA BRASS . . . . . A Taste Of Honey . . . . . Whipped Cream & Other Delights (40th Anniversary Edition)
THE BEATLES . . . . . Savoy Truffle . . . . . The Beatles (The White Album)

CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Careless Love . . . . . My Maudlin Career
NANCY SINATRA . . . . . You Only Live Twice . . . . . The Hit Years
ARCHER PREWITT . . . . . Over The Line . . . . . Three
LOU REED . . . . . My Best Friend . . . . . Coney Island Baby
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Up To Our Necks . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
SYD BARRETT . . . . . Here I Go . . . . . The Madcap Laughs
FEIST . . . . . 1234 . . . . . The Reminder
NEIL DIAMOND . . . . . Sweet Caroline . . . . . In My Lifetime (3CD)

MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Dear God Please Help Me . . . . . Easy Come, Easy Go
DEVOTCHKA . . . . . Undone . . . . . A Mad and Faithful Telling
BOB DYLAN . . . . . This Dream Of You . . . . . Together Through Life
WILLY DEVILLE . . . . . My Forever Came Today . . . . . Crow Jane Alley
BEN E. KING . . . . . Spanish Harlem . . . . . The Very Best of Ben E. King
NICOLE ATKINS . . . . . Cool Enough . . . . . Neptune City
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Lady’s Bridge . . . . . Lady's Bridge

HEADLESS HEROES . . . . . True Love Will Find You In The End . . . . . Silence of Love
NEKO CASE . . . . . Vengeance Is Sleeping . . . . . Middle Cyclone
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . Town Cryer . . . . . Imperial Bedroom
PERCY SLEDGE . . . . . When A Man Loves A Woman . . . . . The Incredible Soul Collection
BOOKER T. . . . . . She Breaks . . . . . The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster
RUTHIE FOSTER . . . . . Heal Yourself . . . . . JOE COCKER . . . . . Hitchcock Railway . . . . . Joe Cocker!
DR. JOHN & THE LOWER 911 . . . . . Keep On Goin’ . . . . . City That Care Forgot

Some tunes for those with a sweet tooth to open this program, all of them inspired by the new Art Brut track at the top of the show. From there it was Bow Wow Wow with their revved-up remake of an old Strangeloves song followed by Millie Small with the first ska record to make a dent on the pop charts, which naturally fed to a Bob Marley and the Wailers track with a lyric that featured an imaginative use of brown sugar. Then it was Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs with their big 1963 hit followed by a Roy Orbison track that was the B-side of "Crying," and from there a couple of tunes more inclined to the naturally sweet side from Andre Ethier and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass led to the Beatles, who supplied a suitable ending.

This section began with a new one from Camera Obscura with some strings on it that conjured up an old Nancy Sinatra tune from the James Bond movie of the same name. Archer Prewitt followed with one containing a similar flowing languidness that segued rather nicely into an old Lou Reed track. Then it was Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 blissed out on love leading to Syd Barrett with his own tale of love lost and found. The rhythmic feel of that one brought to mind Feist and then Neil Diamond, who brought me right back to the summer of '69 and my own first fumbling attempts with a hometown girl.

A note of desperation from Marianne Faithfull covering Morrissey is where this set began, and then it was DeVotchKa in a similar place with a tune that features a nice bit of accordian flowing smoothly into a new one from Bob Dylan that includes David Hidalgo on the same instrument. Rebounding from the sadness and loss expressed in that tune, next up was Willy DeVille with one of his romantic specials that, often enough as not, harkens back to songs from the early '60s. Here it was Ben E. KIng and a tune that can also be heard in the Nicole Atkins track about growing up and moving on that followed, which led to Richard Hawley looking for some answers to where it all went wrong.

The final section began with a track from a group of musician gathered together to record a group of relatively obscure cover songs from across the decades. Calling themselves the Headless Heroes, they feature Alela Diane on vocals; her most recent disc from earlier this year was my first exposure to her voice, which has a timeless quality that suits the tunes on this new disc quite well. Another woman with an amazing voice is Neko Case, who here seemingly takes the point of view of a man in trouble in a relationship, and then it was an actual man (Elvis Costello & the Attractions) singing about much the same thing. Percy Sledge continued the thought with his huge 1966 smash, and then it was Booker T. going to town on the Hammond B-3 from his new disc that also features the Drive-By Truckers and Neil Young. The soulful sounds kept coming with some good advice from Ruthie Foster followed by a young Joe Cocker teaming up with Leon Russell and on into Dr. John and the Lower 911 attempting to take a philosophical approach about the sorry response from various goverments after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans.

Here's another one from Joe Cocker


Program #580

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BOB DYLAN . . . . . All The Tired Horses . . . . . Self Portrait
M. WARD . . . . . Chinese Translation . . . . . Post-War
CRACKER . . . . . Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me . . . . . Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey
CANNED HEAT . . . . . Going Up The Country . . . . . The Best of Canned Heat
LITTLE JOY . . . . . The Next Time Around . . . . . Little Joy
NEKO CASE . . . . . Magpie In The Morning . . . . . Middle Cyclone
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . She Paints Me Gold . . . . . Vagabond Skies

ART BRUT . . . . . DC Comics And Chocolate Milkshakes . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
DEVO . . . . . Uncontrollable Urge . . . . . Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
IGGY POP . . . . . Wild One . . . . . Blah Blah Blah
GNARLS BARKLEY . . . . . Crazy . . . . . St. Elsewhere
THE CAESARS . . . . . Fools Parade . . . . . Strawberry Weed
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . 2,000 Light Years From Home . . . . . Their Satanic Majesties Request
THE BLOODTHIRSTY LOVERS . . . . . 2,000 Light Years From Home . . . . . The Bloodthirsty Lovers
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Cardiff In The Sun . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years

BOOKER T. . . . . . Space City . . . . . Potato Hole
MIKE BLOOMFIELD & AL KOOPER . . . . . Together ’Til The End Of Time . . . . . The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper
CAT POWER . . . . . Dark End Of The Street . . . . . Dark End of the Street
ROD STEWART . . . . . I’d Rather Go Blind . . . . . Never a Dull Moment
NICK LOWE . . . . . People Change . . . . . At My Age
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . My Maudlin Career . . . . . My Maudlin Career DAVID RUFFIN . . . . . My Whole World Ended . . . . . Motown: The Classic Years GLASVEGAS . . . . . It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry . . . . . Glasvegas

BLIMP . . . . . Sweetheart . . . . . Sweetheart
THE BEATLES . . . . . Honey Pie . . . . . The Beatles (The White Album)
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . Kix . . . . . The London Book of the Dead
STEPHANE GRAPPELI & YEHUDI MENUHIN . . . . . I Get A Kick Out Of You . . . . . The Very Best of Grappelli and Menuhin
THE MONKEES . . . . . Magnolia Sims . . . . . The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . TLC . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
AN MORRISON . . . . . Saint James Infirmary . . . . . What's Wrong with This Picture?
BOB DYLAN . . . . . I Feel A Change Coming On . . . . . Together Through Life

One with an eternal vibe from Bob Dylan for all the weary thoroughbreds in Kentucky is where this show began, and from there it was M. Ward looking for answers to a few crucial questions and Cracker with a couple of answers that might be appicable. An old one from Canned Heat kinda covered the same of territory, and then it was one with a similar guitar sound from Little Joy that's also about a personal journey, although set in the context of a relationship. Then it was Neko Case finding signs in the natural world that it's time to rise and move on into a Joseph Arthur tune on what sounds like an obsessive relationship accompanied by some dramatically building guitar work over its final half.

This began with a tune from the new Art Brut disc featuring Eddie Argos admitting to his arrested development, which was followed by Devo getting primal and Iggy Pop smoothing out the rough edges musically even as he's proclaiming his lack of control. From there Gnarls Barkley added some funk to the beat while they explored the psychological depths, and then it was the Caesars lamenting the spectacle before their eyes. That one segued quite nicely into a psychedelic nugget from the Rolling Stones with a title that was lifted some 35 years later by the Bloodthirsty Lovers, and then it was Super Furry Animals with a bit of bright sunshiny psychedelia to close it out.

A soulful slow jam from Booker T.'s latest sent this set off down a path strewn with sorrow and regret, even if the Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield track that came next seemed to find an oasis of hope for the relationship it describes. From there it was Cat Power covering a classic about furtive hookups on the sly, Rod Stewart unwilling to accept what he sees, Nick Lowe trying to take the philosophical approach, Camera Obscura seemingly angry enough to finally move on, David Ruffin completely devatated about recent events and Glasvegas admitting to the source of their misery.

I recently received a disc from a guy named Dave Girtsman who has a music project he calls Blimp; one of the tracks on that disc conjured up the Beatles, which fed quite nicely into the Real Tuesday Weld with a track that clearly owes a debt to a Cole Porter classic, heard here in a version by violin virtuosos Stephane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin. From there it was the Monkees working a little studio magic to make a tune released in 1968 sound like it was recorded some 40 years before. The hazy feel of that one was mirrored by Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3, although he attributes the cause to a trio of antidepressants, which seems reasonable, and might send you to the infirmary if you're not careful. From Van Morrison it was on to the finish and the track from Bob Dylan's new disc that immediately jumped out at me, which also brought us full circle back to the beginning of this program.

Here's another one from Devo


Program #579

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE VEILS . . . . . The House She Lived In . . . . . Sun Gangs
THE FLAMINGOS . . . . . I Only Have Eyes For You . . . . . 41 Original Hits From The Soundtrack Of American Graffiti
JENNY LEWIS . . . . . Trying My Best To Love You . . . . . Acid Tongue
PETER & GORDON . . . . . A World Without Love . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 1
ARTHUR ALEXANDER . . . . . Lover Please . . . . . Rainbow Road: The Warner Bros. Recordings
M. WARD . . . . . Rave On . . . . . Hold Time
THE BEATLES . . . . . Crying, Waiting, Hoping . . . . . Live at the BBC
LOU REED . . . . . Wait . . . . . Street Hassle
THE SHIRELLES . . . . . Will You Love Me Tomorrow . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . The Sweetest Thing . . . . . My Maudlin Career

ART BRUT . . . . . The Passenger . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
THE STEVE GIBBONS BAND . . . . . No Spitting On The Bus . . . . . Down in the Bunker
JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS . . . . . Government Center . . . . . Beserkley Chartbusters
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . I’m The Urban Spaceman . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
THE BYRDS . . . . . Mr. Spaceman . . . . . The Byrds Untitled
BILLY LEE RILEY . . . . . Flying Saucers Rock ’n’ Roll . . . . . Best of Sun Records: 50th Anniversary Edition, Vol. 2
JOE MEEK . . . . . Telstar (Demo) . . . . . Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 1-2
THE B-52’S . . . . . Planet Claire . . . . . The B-52's
CHRIS SPEDDING . . . . . Time Warp . . . . . Guitar Graffiti
ROBYN HITCHCOCK . . . . . I Often Dream Of Trains . . . . . I Often Dream of Trains

THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Transister Radio . . . . . Com Plex
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . White Socks/Flip Flops . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
SPOON . . . . . Finer Feelings . . . . . Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Rebel Rebel . . . . . Sound + Vision
ULTRA ORANGE & EMMANUELLE . . . . . Sing Sing . . . . . Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle
NICO . . . . . Chelsea Girl . . . . . Chelsea Girl
PASCAL ROGE . . . . . Gymnopedies No. 1 . . . . . Man on Wire (Soundtrack)

CRACKER . . . . . Friends . . . . . Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey
HARRY NILSSON . . . . . Joy . . . . . Son of Schmilsson
STEVE FORBERT . . . . . Write Me A Raincheck . . . . . It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70)
SCOTT WALKER . . . . . It’s Raining Today . . . . . It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70)
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Suzanne . . . . . Live In London
THE BOOKS FEATURING JOSE GONZALEZ . . . . . Cello Song . . . . . Dark Was the Night
CALEXICO . . . . . Two Silver Trees . . . . . Carried to Dust
NEKO CASE . . . . . Fever . . . . . Middle Cyclone

Songs about romance lost and found began with some new music from the Veils, and the prominent piano on that track has a '50s rhythm that conjured up the Flamingos, who were followed by Jenny Lewis with a tune that sounds like a definite nod to Carole King. From there we went 35 years back for Peter & Gordon's first big hit, not surprising considering it was a Lennon & McCartney song that appeared in the wake of the Beatles huge American success in early 1964. An Arthur Alexander track from the early '70s had a rhythmic similarity to M. Ward's reworking of an old Buddy Holly tune, and then it was the Fab Four recorded live on the BBC with their version of another Holly number. Lou Reed looking back fondly to the early '60s girl-group sound was followed by a classic from that era by the Shirelles, and the strings on that one were mirrored on the new Camera Obscura track that finished up this opener.

A new one from Art Brut found Eddie Argos rhapsodizing about public transportation, whick offered an opportunity to reach back for an old favorite from the Steve Gibbons Band. One for all the municipal workers by Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers led to a different kind of city fellow courtesy of the Bonzo Dog Band, and then the Byrds brought the alien visitor idea front and center, where it was picked up by BIlly Lee Riley. A fractured demo by Joe Meek, who wrote the huge instrumental hit named for an early communications satellite, brought on the B-52's Peter Gunn theme-based tale of an outer space visit, which was followed by Chris Spedding on a journey across the "astral plane" and Robyn Hitchcock bringing us full circle with his railroad visions.

Some psychedelia with good forward momentum from the Helio Sequence flowed nicely into a new one with similar energy from Super Furry Animals. Then it was Spoon adding a bit more backbeat followed by the relatively rare single version of a David Bowie tune from the mid-'70s, which gave way to the seductive catchiness of Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle from a couple years back. Nico followed with what could be called her signature tune, and the somber intensity of that track was relieved by the simple beauty of Erik Satie's famous piano piece, here performed by Pascal Rogé from the soundtrack to Man On Wire (the documentary about Philippe Petit's walk on a wire between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974).

Cracker has a new disc, and a song from it with a definite country feel led to an old favorite from Harry Nilsson that's one of the funniest songs I know. From there it was Steve Forbert sending regrets from his latest disc, which seemed to segue quite well into a prime example of classic Scott Walker. That was followed by the new live version of a Leonard Cohen tune from that same late-'60s era, and then it was the Books featuring Jose Gonzalez covering a Nick Drake song that gets more hypnotic every time I hear it. Finally it was Calexico at their natural best leading to another Neko Case tune set out in the wilds of Mother Nature.

Here's another one from Nico


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